Coronavirus outbreak

Delta providing kits with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer to crews on Asia flights

Delta Air Lines said it is supplying kits containing items such as hand sanitizer, gloves and surgical masks to crews to use as needed on all flights in and out of Asia amid the coronavirus outbreak

For flights arriving from Asia, Atlanta-based Delta said it is treating planes using a fogging technique with a disinfectant. 

“Prior to any departure, our aircraft are thoroughly cleaned for the safety of our customers and crew,” Delta said in a written statement.

At an event in Atlanta on Tuesday, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said he thinks the U.S. government “has acted swiftly” in response to coronavirus.

“Of course, it’s been difficult to understand the full scope of what’s going on in China,” Bastian said. “We made the decision to try to get out of China as soon as we could, return as many U.S. citizens and other travelers back to their home destinations, to get out of China -- which we’ve done over the last few weeks.”

Delta stopped operating its China flights on Sunday, and expects those flights to remain suspended until April 30. The U.S. government put in new stricter restrictions on travel from China effective on Sunday, and other U.S. airlines have also suspended China flights.

“I think the best thing we can all do now is let China address this issue and try to keep as much physical distance from the disease as we can,” Bastian said.

Delta on Tuesday announced it is donating $250,000 to the Red Cross Society of China, which is providing medical aid and education to help with the containment of coronavirus.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.